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Tertiary Train-Wreck - Unitec Design

Tuesday, 10 December 2013, 5:32 pm | David Cooke

Since the social reforms of the 1980s, tertiary education institutions have engaged constantly in steady rounds of restructuring. One of the outcomes is to dismiss academic staff, and that's what Unitec management is doing to 50 academic staff in the Department ... More >>

Punch-drunk: Commentators' take on the GCSB debate

Thursday, 29 August 2013, 2:31 pm | David Cooke

Mainstream media commentators were keen to paint the Campbell – Key confrontation as the heavy-weight punch-up of the season, with Key the winner. In doing so, they managed to seriously distort the picture and miss the point. More >>

The TPPA: Corporate Control on Steroids

Tuesday, 4 December 2012, 5:13 pm | David Cooke

We should avoid the TPPA like the plague, for at least four main reasons. First, we should be instantly suspicious of any negotiations conducted in oppressive secrecy. The lead nation, America, has everything to gain and much to hide, so much so that ... More >>

David Cooke: Restructuring Polytech Governance

Tuesday, 20 October 2009, 2:35 pm | David Cooke

Restructuring is contagious. Polytechnic councils have spent years presiding over the restructuring of their institutions, but now Government is doing it to them, in decisive style. The result will be governance by the few, so we should look hard ... More >>

David Cooke: Only for the economy, stupid

Wednesday, 14 October 2009, 10:43 am | David Cooke

In tertiary education, the Government means business, and not much else. The draft Tertiary Education Strategy starts by firmly bolting education to work and the economy, and never wavers in its focus. It does have some passing references to profile items ... More >>


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